If you’re heading to the beach for your vacation, it’s tempting to spend most of your time in a lounge chair soaking up the sun. But sitting for long periods isn’t good for you, so use the change of scenery as an inspiration for beach vacation workouts — like running or yoga on the sand, walking and biking on the boardwalk, and playing spirited games of paddle ball.
Four Ideas for Your Beach Vacation Workouts
- Have a ball at the beach: You don’t need fancy equipment to get a full-body workout — a stretch of sand (and a few simple items from your beach bag) can do the trick! All of these moves use the sand’s natural resistance to help you tone and tighten various muscle groups. Do them solo or challenge your family and friends to a competition. Once you master them, up your game by incorporating towels and beach balls.
- Wake up and salute the sun: Throw a towel or mat on the sand and greet the day with a sun salutation pose. Many shore communities offer instructor-led beach yoga sessions. Check your favorite beach town’s website or events calendar for information. Practicing yoga offers amazing health benefits that can last long after you’re back to the 9-to-5 grind.
- Walk like you mean it: One of the best things you can do for your health is also one of the most tried-and-true — taking a brisk walk. Check out this guide to New Jersey Shore boardwalks, then lace up your sneakers (skip the flimsy flip-flops to avoid developing foot pain) and get walking. For maximum calorie burn, tackle the Atlantic City boardwalk — measuring four miles, it’s the Jersey shore’s longest stretch.
- Run for fun: Is running more your speed? There are fun runs (and walks) for every fitness level and interest at the Jersey Shore through Labor Day weekend and into the early fall, many of which raise money for charity.
What’s one of the best things about working up a sweat at the beach? When you’re done, you can jump into the ocean to cool off!